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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved childrenís storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Black color with no head. Coffeeish aroma. Thin and watery body with a small chocolate taste. Not much to offer, but inoffensive.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Had it at Argoís Christmas party. Nasty stuff. I thought the butt joke was a joke. Itís no joke, it tastes like ass. I guess thatís the point.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Strong coffe and chocolate flavors, with some sweet alcohol warmth in the finish. Pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 With a name like this how could I not try it. Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thin black color with a small brown head. The aroma was dry chocolate and light hops. The flavor is dry, smoky and has strong dry chocolate notes. It is more thin and watery than I would have liked and I found the smokyness getting to me. Overall not really my style of beer in any regard.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Dark brown with a tan head, aroma is of light chocolate, rasins and sweet corn. Very smooth body with light carbonation. Starts and ends lightly sweet. Not that great of a porter, I think that Iím going to use the rest to cook some saugages.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head. Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, thatís a plus. Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. Itís really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind... Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but itís yet another too-expensive English ale that canít hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bland, flat, dull. Iím shocked, this is not how a winter porter should taste. mild flavor of chocolate and licorice. This is a very disappointing beer. probably wont be buying again

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2005
(draft) Probably the blandest selection that Rich Oís Saturnalia has to offer. A bit of a chocolate smell and taste thatís followed up by a very water finish. Decent but not memorable at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Heavy chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel aroma. Mocha head forms, but quickly fades away. Taste is coffee, smoke bacon. Pretty interesting brew, almost like a poor mans Stone Smoked Porter, thinner body, less chocolate, less hops, but still nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a dark black with small brownish head. Not much nose, some sweet malt aroma (very faint). Initial sweet malt taste that fades quickly to a watery aftertaste. Not that bad, but not much character.


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